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Vail Valley ambulances set record for emergencies

Dustin Racioppi
Vail, CO CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado ” The Eagle County Ambulance District’s emergency calls when up 13 percent in 2008, setting a record for call volume and ambulance responses in the Vail Valley.

The district reported fielding 3,718 calls last year, which is 440 more than in 2007. The most calls came in January with 556. The busiest months for the district are between November and March, said Fred Morrison, the district’s general manager.

A press release said the district averages between 15 and 40 calls a day, and always has three fully-staffed ambulances with paramedics on duty. The crews operate from stations in Edwards and the Vail Valley Medical Center. A new station is scheduled to open in the spring at Traer Creek.

Of the more than 3,500 calls last year, 256 of them required transferring patients to other districts, normally Denver.

Dustin Racioppi can be reached at 970-748-2936 or

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